The CBI has filed a charge-sheet against 592 people, including four former government officials, in Vyapam's PMT-2012 case on Thursday. The scam had been unearthed in Madhya Pradesh.
The four officials named in the charge-sheet include: Pankaj Trivedi (the then director VYAPAM), Nitin Mohindra (the then Sr system analyst), Ajay Kumar Sen (the then deputy system analyst) and CK Mishra (the then programmer), reports ANI.
Along with this, it also released the names of the private college chairpersons who were involved in the scam. These included Ajay Goenka, Chirayu Medical College; SN Vijaywargiya, Peoples Medical College; Suresh Singh Bhadauria, Medical College Bhopal and JN Chowkse, LN Medical College.
Strangely enough, a lot of these names had been spared during an earlier investigation carried out by the Madhya Pradesh special task force (STF). According to the Times of India, many of the accused who have been included in the charge-sheet have approached a special court seeking anticipatory bail.
The CBI however had given a virtual clean chit to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on the basis of a detailed forensic analysis of a hard disk they had recovered.
It had further refuted allegations made by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and whistleblower Prashant Pandey, who had earlier stated that the files seized by the state police from an accused – Nitin Mohindra – had contained the word ‘CM’ several times.
The Vyapam scam, that was unearthed in 2013, involved several politicians, senior and junior officials and businessmen who employed imposters to write papers, manipulate exam hall sitting arrangements and supply forged answer sheets by bribing officials.
This is the second chargesheet in regards to the Vyapam scam, that the CBI has filed in less than a month. On 31 October, the agency had charge-sheeted 499 people in a case pertaining to the 2013 pre-medical test.